DS Athletic Complex Vision

DS Athletic Complex Vision2019-03-24T02:43:42+00:00

In 2010, the DS Boosters invested in the design and engineering of a Master Plan for the Regional School Campus.  In 2012, we raised and invested ~$1.35M to construct the Nora Searle turf field and track stadium.

Since that time, the DS Boosters has invested substantial time, energy and money into further tightening this Master Plan – to create a stronger, more all-inclusive vision for our Regional Campus and our community at large.

The schematics you are looking at here reflect a collaboration between the Regional School Committee, the Superintendent, the Principal, and the Athletic Director as well as leading members of the Youth Sports organizations to ensure that the scope of work we evaluated take into account the interests of as many interest groups as possible and consider the long-term impact this project will have on the entire community.

The actual components of this scope of work include (but are not limited to*) the following:

  • New Baseball diamond complete with new player space, dugouts, bullpens, fencing, scoreboard and spectator seating.
  • New Softball diamond complete with new player space, dugouts, ADA accessibility, irrigation, scoreboard and spectator seating.
  • New all-purpose full size 330×220 artificial turf field complete with scoreboards, team accessories, accommodation for all sports and spectator seating.
  • Three (3) newly built or renovated all-purpose, full size 330×220 grass fields.
  •  Five (5) newly built tennis courts complete with spectator seating and storage.

  • New Basketball court

  • New walkways and connectors from fields to the main campus.

  • New maintenance facility to support the long-term facilities and field maintenance crew.

The renovations are great and necessary and many would argue, long overdue. But there is a bigger, more important reason behind pursuing this DS Athletic Complex. As a community of current residents in Dover & Sherborn and across our broad DS Alumni, we are collectively poised to create legacy – to set the table for generations of future student athletes to live out their dreams through the thrill of organized sports. We are poised to help student athletes get up front and personal with what it means to compete, to win, to lose, to listen, to collaborate, to get coached, be leaders, and grow as young adults.

The DS Athletic Complex breathes life into Dover Sherborn Athletics’ first-ever strategic plan, seeking increased investment in competitive excellence, facility enhancement, and student-athlete development. The DS Athletic Complex will help create cutting-edge practice resources that will attract the next generation of student-athletes, provide essential training spaces, support practice facilities, playing fields, campus accessibility, donor-seating, and other operational spaces and facility costs. By realizing this vision, we will come together as a community to ensure our own children and future generations will have the opportunity to register their own indelible memories as a student AND athlete.

Please reach out to us at doversherbornboosters@gmail.com to volunteer – we would welcome your help to design, plan, and orchestrate this exciting initiative.

DS Athletic Complex Questions & Answers

What is the objective of this project?

To modernize and improve of the athletic infrastructure at the Regional School Campus.   To ensure that future generations of all ages have access to reliable and quality fields in pursuit of their own athletic ambitions.

Why is this project important?  

The athletic fields and facilities in Dover & Sherborn are in disrepair.  They are either under water, not irrigated, out of compliance, over utilized, and unable to meet the challenges presented by New England seasonality.

At what stage is this whole project? 

This capital campaign was officially announced and launched at the Hall of Fame Gala held on March 23, 2019.  

How much will this proposed vision cost?  

Between $4.5-$4.9M

Who is behind this initiative?   

The DS Boosters and a Steering Committee that is growing, as well as the Hall of Fame Committee and their alumni development efforts.

What are the challenges or known issues to this project?    

Delivering a successful fund raising campaign. Navigating any permitting and/or environmental constraints. Addressing the long-term concerns of the Regional School Committee. Expanding our reach into younger families in Dover & Sherborn and reaching deeply into our underdeveloped alumni network.

How long will it take to complete this project?    

Engineering and construction grade drawings will take 3-4 months; Permitting 2-3 months; Construction bids/negotiation 2-3 months; Construction 3-6 months

How can you help?  

Please help us spread the word.  We need to build our list of prospective lead donors.  Thank you.